It turns out, there are some amazing benefits for having your date night at the local Indian restaurant…
In fact, a new study has found that a spice found in vindaloo and jalfrezi dishes can help boost a man’s fertility.
Find out more below…
How fenugreek boosts sperm and other health benefits
Researchers at King George’s Medical University in Lucknow gave participants 500mg dose of Furosap, a supplement made from fenugreek seeds, to 100 men aged 35 to 60 every day for three months.
By week eight, they found that the sperm movement in all volunteers had improved.
“Furosap is safe and effective in improving testosterone levels and healthy sperm profile,” read the study notes.
Fenugreek seeds and leaves are commonly used in both vindaloos and jalfrezis.
More about fenugreek
Wondered where you can get fenugreek? Well the good news is, it’s a common household spice that is very easily grown in your garden.
The seeds are very simple to get hold of. Just scan the spice section of your local supermarket and you’ll get a canister of hundreds of them for very cheap.
Once you get home, you can sprinkle them over a patch of well-drained soil in full sun, rake over, water in well and you are all set.
Ways fenugreek can support your health
- Reduce the risk of diabetes type 2
- Improve milk production if breastfeeding
- Aid with weight loss
- Raise testosterone and boost sperm count
- Reduce inflammation
- Lower the risk of heart and blood pressure conditions
How you can include fenugreek in your diet
- It adds a distinctive exotic flavour to curries, soups and stew recipes. It also goes well in slow-cooked Eastern and Middle Eastern dishes and casseroles
- Can also be made into a tea or can be bought in your local grocer as ready-made tea.
Fenugreek and weight loss
Recent research suggests that it can increase satiety and control appetite to support weight loss.
A recent study published in PubMed revealed that 8 grams of fenugreek fibre eaten daily increased feelings of fullness and reduced hunger and food intake, compared to a control group.
Experts concluded that the fenugreek seed can significantly decrease daily fat consumption.
Did you know we have a heap of Healthy Mummy Smoothies with fenugreek in them?! Check the label for the ingredients.
This butter chicken slow cooker recipe is a great meal to prepare in the cooler months. Make in a large batch and then store portions in the freezer to defrost and reheat for an easy, nutritious meal in no time.
There’s no need to miss out on your favourite takeaway style meals when you are trying to lose weight.
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- 400 grams chicken thigh fillets
- 1 brown onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup liquid chicken stock salt reduced
- 1 cup reduced fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup basmati rice uncooked
- 2 cups green beans trimmed
- 2 cups broccoli
- 1/3 cup fresh coriander chopped
Cut the chicken into pieces.
In a blender or food processor, puree together the onion, garlic, turmeric, curry powder and tomato paste until smooth. Add a splash of water if needed to bring together.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken. Add the pureed spice mix and stir for a few minutes.
Add the stock and deglaze pan (allow the stock to combine with all the spices and remove any stuck to bottom of pan). Then add the coconut milk. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 20-25 minutes, until chicken is tender.
Meanwhile, cook rice according to packet directions. Cut broccoli into florets and steam with the beans on the stovetop or in the microwave until tender crisp.
Serve butter chicken with rice, steamed greens and a sprinkle of chopped coriander.
446 calories per serve.
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